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Reclaiming Our Health: Exploding the Medical Myth and Embracing the Source of True Healing Hardcover – Import, 1996

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1997 Body Mind Spirit Book Award given to a handful of books which provide valuable messages to help transform lives. Each book chosen for an award of excellence makes a unique contribution to our knowledge, our growth, and our self-transformation. We commend the authors and their publishers for their outstanding work. -- Jim Valliere, Publisher, Body Mind Spirit magazine

Essential for public libraries. -- Library Journal, October 1996

Have you ever watched a friend or loved one die? Did you wonder why they had to endure so much, especially at the hands of those you had expected to help? Have you ever wondered why it is taking so long to find a cure for cancer or AIDS? Have you ever had a baby in this country? Have you every tried to tell your healthcare provider something and been told he or she know best and not to worry? I believe these questions would elicit at least one affirmative answer from just about everyone in our country.

The title is descriptive and, I believe, correct - we will feel an explosion from reading this book. People will be shocked and angered. I certainly was! John Robbins has let the cat out of the bag - the cat being the way Americans are manipulated by the American Medical Association, the tobacco industry, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, and by the multi-million dollar industry we call healthcare.

Robbins reveals the cover-ups, the scandals, and the greed that feed on the most vulnerable segments of our society: women, children, the elderly, and those who are already struggling with health issues. He exposes the ridicule and outright lies broadcast in an attempt to eliminate chiropractic and other alternative healing practices, not because they were not helping those who sought out alternative care, but because they were taking money from those who would rather line their pockets than cure millions of ill individuals.

Robbins outlines a practical approach using both conventional and alternative care so that we can benefit from the best of both resources. This book is well-written and researched. It has an extensive notes section that documents facts and a resource directory that give pertinent information about where to obtain more information on womens issues, parenting and children, healthy diet, alternative medicine, consumer rights, and much more. I would recommend this book to any adult, especially someone who is dealing with medical issues. Reclaiming Our Health is a must-read for any person who strives to be well-informed. -- New Age Retailer, November/December 1996

John Robbins reminds us that true healing is the return of the memory of wholeness. Gorgeously written, with vast and profound vision, Reclaiming Our Health embraces healing with a perspective that includes us as individuals, societies and the universe. I recommend it highly. -- Deepak Chopra, M.D., author of The Seven Laws of Success

Robbins, who revealed hidden truths about the meat industry in the best-selling Diet for a New America, now takes on the medical establishment. Packed with shocking facts, this new expose leaves few stones unturned, from cancer treatment and menopause to obstetrical practices, infant mortality, and alternative medicine. Did you know, for example, that while 75% of all cancer patients receive chemo treatment, only 3% are cured? This despite the fact that 75% of all oncologists would not use chemotherapy on themselves because they feel it's ineffective and unacceptably toxic. Did you know that the vice-chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the world's largest private cancer treatment and research center, is also Chairman of the board for Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, the largest chemotherapy manufacturers in the world? Robbins doesn't just point fingers, though; he offers sensible, well-thought out suggestions for improving our health as well as our health care system. There are no easy answers here, but change begins with knowledge, and readers will get plenty of that. Expect a lot of buzz around this one. -- NAPRA ReVIEW, Holiday 1996

This is a fascinating portrait of the current state of the medical system in the United States. Particularly interesting is the historical background explaining how the current system has become to entrenched. Robbins presents some sobering statistics about the effectiveness of our technological approach when compared to the lower cost and less invasive approached found in other countries. Anyone with an interest in the current health care crisis will find this book extremely informative.

Areas explored in the book include womens health-care issues such as childbirth, menopause, hysterectomy, and birth control. Other issues explored are cancer treatment, the use of Ritalin as a treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and the emergence of alternative medicine in spite of opposition from the American Medical Association (AMA). Robbins exposes the myth that the AMA has the health of U.S. citizens as its top priority. Alarming evidence is presented indicating that the AMA is interested primarily in maintaining the market share of its physicians.

Invaluable information is presented about the use of midwives versus hospital births. The U.S. has one of the highest cesarean rates and one of the world's highest infant mortality rates of all industrialized nations. In the U.S. 97% of all births occur in hospitals, while in the Netherlands, where the infant mortality rate is lower, 35% of all births occur at home. Robbins presents a convincing case that the welfare of the mother and baby are better served through the use of midwives.

The section of the book dealing with cancer presents alternative treatments which in many cases are more effective than the current protocol of chemotherapy and radiation. Robbins revelation of how radiation became such a prevalent part of cancer therapy is particularly chilling. Memorial Sloan Kettering (the world's largest private cancer treatment center) was given a large donation in 1913 with the condition that radiation be used in all its cancer treatments. The donor owned multiple radium mines and stood to gain financially if additional uses were found for radiation.

In spite of some of the depressing statistics presented, this book is written in a positive and uplifting way. Solutions are offered along with the philosophical shifts that need to occur so that the reader can become more empowered about his or her own health care. This is a very useful and insightful book. -- New Times, May 1997 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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To our readers: The books we publish are our contribution to an emerging world based on cooperation rather than on competition, on affirmation of the human spirit rather than on self-doubt, and on the certainty that all humanity is connected. Our goal is to touch as many lives as possible with a message of hope for a better world. - Hal and Linda Kramer, Publishers --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tiburon, California: HJ Kramer, 1996; First Printing edition (1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0915811693
  • ISBN-13: 978-0915811694
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,666,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan C. Fincher on August 28, 2003
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Over the past thirty years I have read about 100 books on the subject of health. Among the very best of the books I have read are two of John Robbins' other books, Diet for a New America and The Food Revolution, but I don't feel the need to review these remarkable books; they have been well reviewed by others, and I recommend you check them both out in Amazon. However, I simply had to add my voice to the reviews of Reclaiming Our Health.
This book is predominantly about the medical establishment, what has gone wrong with it, and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones (if you can get them to listen to you). It is not a condemnation of all things conventional nor an endorsement of all things alternative. Some of the greatest heroes of the book are M.D.'s practicing both conventional and alternative therapies. This book seeks to guide us to the best of both worlds while warning us about the dangers to be found in each. However, the worst dangers by far appear to be in the conventional medical establishment where the admonition "first, do no harm" seems to have been long forgotten.
This book made me cry. This book infuriated me. It is filled with one outrage after another. But wouldn't you rather read about them than be subjected to them (or watch your loved ones be subjected to them) by not being informed beforehand? I know I would.
This is one of those rare books that is truly empowering. That's what John Robbins does so well. He does the intensive research that most of us neither would nor could do. We are blessed by his enormous contribution to mankind.
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I read this book first in sections, but then decided to read the whole thing as my interest progressed.
I already knew some of the persecution of the chiropractic industry by money-hungry conventional doctors, but some of the stuff totally shocked me. I've seen some of the statistics that chiropractors have come up with, extensive studies that show that it has extremely low health risks and helps a lot more with lower back pain than conventional "give me the pill" medicine. However, this book totally blew the cover off the...American Medical Association, an organization I once took for granted to be dedicated to my health and well-being.
If everyone in the waiting room of a doctor's clinic were to read this book, all health care in America would be for the better.
Furthermore, the interesting sections on women and fertility totally blew me away. I was furious at the stuff they were doing to hurt and control women who went to doctors for real health reasons, hoping to get better, only to be subjected to the standard system of running tests and being tied to one position. I myself was delivered by C-section, and having been abandoned by my mother, I can also attest to the ugly and disgusting nature of conventional birth documented so well by John Robbins. The persecution of midwives, who have near-flawless records for safe delivery of newborn babies was also shocking. I had no idea that women giving birth at home do better than in hospitals, in terms of mortality rates.
The final section is worth reading alone if you have cancer.
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By A Customer on December 19, 2002
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"Reclaiming Our Health" is turning out to be one of the most influential books in my life, and I plan on giving every woman in my life a copy for Christmas this year.
Robbins explodes the myths and outright lies surrounding conventional medicine, alternative medicine, the American Medical Association, the tobacco industry and cancer research. And he doesn't just make wild accusations, he supports his work with a library of footnotes (some of which I've followed up on) and studies. I am honestly stunned and amazed at the horrible decisions made by America's medical community - shunning and destroying alternative approaches over the years, unleashing scare" campaigns to keep us supporting conventional medicine (and our doctors' wallets) and ignoring crucial medical data from alternative sources.
Did you know that the American Medical Association used to be a huge supporter of the tobacco industry & even while our Surgeon General had proof that smoking was horrible for you, they still refused to speak out against smoking... because then they would lose the financial support of the industry (and this didn't just go on for a year or two)? Did you know that chemotherapy & radiation, for most forms of cancer, do absolutely nothing in terms of life-span (sometimes even shortening it)? Did you know that infant mortality rates in the U.S. are higher than most developed, and even some "3rd World" countries, and that most C-sections & hysterectomies are completely unnecessary? Or that midwives have a much better track record (for infant mortality & complications), yet the AMA basically outlawed their use over the past 30 years?
Honestly - I think every single American, especially women and those in medical fields should read this book. It's not a conspiracy theory book, nor is it some crazy person spewing accusations at everyone - it is a brutally honest look at OUR HEALTH, and what is more important?
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